Posted on 10/27/14 at 3:19pm

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Posted on 10/27/14 at 1:48pm

The Build Up MI Kids, Kindergarten Ready program has posters and brochures available for Spanish-speaking families to help them prepare their children for kindergarten. Build Up helps parents and their children, ages three through five, get additional support as they begin and continue to learn the skills needed to start kindergarten.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 1:46pm

The Michigan State Board of Education recently passed a resolution in support of school libraries. The resolution reinforced the idea that strong school libraries staffed by certified school librarians are critical to student success. 

Posted on 10/20/14 at 2:59pm

The Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) has launched InspirED, a newsletter featuring the innovative and inspiring stories happening every day for Michigan's 1.5 million public school students. 

Posted on 10/20/14 at 3:04pm

PA 257 (SB 817) amended the School Code to delay the implementation of teacher and school administrator performance evaluation requirements until the 2015-16 school year.

 

Posted on 10/14/14 at 9:08am

NEA President Lily Eskelsen has finished her Back-to-School Tour and talks about "What I Saw, Who I Met and What You Should Know About My Back to School Tour" in her blog at LilysBlackboard.org.  She talks about her visit to Northwestern High School in Flint where students and staff worked hard to move the school off Michigan's Priority Schools list. Read what she learned from members across the country.

MEA president in The Detroit News: Michigan’s reinvention needs an overhaul

In her monthly column in The Detroit News, MEA President Iris K. Salters writes that the state budget is being balanced on the backs of Michigan’s middle class, working class, and seniors.

“That’s not the kind of ‘reinvention’ Michigan needs,” she says.

http://mea.org/press/pdf/salters_052511.pdf

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Anti-tenure bills would kill collective bargaining, too

A four-bill package pending in the state House to overhaul tenure would actually reach far beyond what some say is the real problem – the time and money it takes to discharge a teacher with tenure.

The legislation – House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 – would, in fact, dismantle tenure AND collective bargaining of most subjects currently decided at the local bargaining table, including placement of employees, evaluation systems, discharge/discipline policies, and more. In an ironic turn, the legislation is backed by Republicans, who usually claim to oppose such intrusions on local control by state government.

Under this legislation, it would be possible for a school district to fire an unmarried, pregnant teacher. Or a tenured teacher who happens to be gay. Or an unpopular employee disliked by the principal. Or veteran teachers who can be replaced with cheaper, less experienced alternatives.

Lawmakers agree to deep education budget cuts

Lawmakers in Lansing have finalized budget cuts for K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities, agreeing to more than $1 billion in overall cuts that will lead to mass layoffs and reduced services for students.

House panel considers health insurance cap

A state House committee is considering legislation to cap the amount public employers, including school districts, pay for employee health care.

Facts - Tenure

Backgrounder - Tenure

Teacher tenure is under fire in Lansing, where some lawmakers want to completely dismantle state law to deny educators due process rights in discipline and dismissal proceedings. Proposals vary – from repealing tenure law altogether to changing key aspects of it. However, a Republican-led effort in the state House described as a “teacher quality package” is misleading and overreaching. The package – House Bills 4625, 4626, 4627, and 4628 – would effectively dismantle tenure AND collective bargaining.

Talking points -- Tenure

  • Tenure is a protection for good teachers—not ineffective ones. Due process spelled out by the tenure law makes sure teachers are not dismissed for arbitrary and capricious reasons.
  • The Education Alliance—representing Michigan’s leaders—recommends an educator evaluation planand calls for strong collaboration between unions and administrators.

Additional reading – Tenure

MEA General Counsel Art Przybylowicz submitted written testimony to the House Education Committee on April 26 about House Bill 4241, a bill to repeal tenurel. The testimony includes important information about “just cause,” “arbitrary and capricious,” and tenure proceedings.

 

5 Things to do right now - Tenure

  1. Contact your legislators immediately. Use the talking points and share the facts about tenure. Explain tenure changes that MEA supports – found in Point #2 of our A+ Agenda.
  2. Use this information in your local newsletter, on your Web page, and Facebook.

MEA Action Day draws thousands to Lansing

Responding to ongoing attacks on public education and the middle class, thousands of MEA members traveled to Lansing on Saturday for MEA Action Day.

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